Code red: Schools prepare for the worst with shooter drills

The lights are turned off. The door is locked, windows closed and your homeroom class crowds into a corner of the classroom. For an awkward 10 minutes, everyone stares at the ground, trying not to laugh out of discomfort, until a voice comes on the intercom. "Thank you for participating in the code red drill. The code is now green, and you may proceed to first period."


Parents @ Play: Straight from the heart

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Lean In: Allison Cole, regional president

I had the option to go to college locally in Jamaica, but knew that going to school in the U.S. would give me more career options. I studied engineering, an academic area traditionally dominated by men. While in school, I interned for three years with Bell Atlantic (now Verizon) in their science and technology lab. They offered me a job when I graduated, but I turned it down, thinking I wouldn't have the same opportunities as my male counterparts in the organization.

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